Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011: Another Year In Review

I hope you had the kind of holiday that you were hoping for - we sure did. Christmas was peaceful and joyous, and the days leading up to it were lovely too. Here's my sweetie on Christmas morning surveying what Santa brought. (Aside: in an uncharacteristically brilliant and forward-thinking move, we had Santa be in charge of filling the stocking with mostly useful stuff like socks and toothbrushes, plus one small fun/toy thing thereby leaving all the credit for the most awesome stuff - now and in the future - for us.). She's wearing a fabulous nightgown made by my Mom - totally took me back to the ones she used to make me and my sisters for Christmas.

As I was mentally composing this post, I thought to myself, 'well this is going to be short, boring one - I didn't really get anything done!' But after assembling my mosaic of quilty finishes, I forced myself to take that back - what I didn't get done was most of the projects on my 2011 Quilty Goals List. Instead, I did other stuff, which is 100% A-okay. Life is what happens while you're waiting for other things or whatever that saying is, right?

Here is my Quilt Life of 2011:

2011 Quilts

Not too shabby if I do say so myself! The projects weren't large, but they were appropriately plentiful for this quilter who works full time outside the home and who occasionally has to give the other members of her household some quality "face time."

But wait! There's more! The above is in addition to the sewing I did for Bees as well as other sewing projects like teacher bags, swap extras, hallowe'en costumes, etc.

Not too shabby indeed.

What is 2012 going to bring? Let's have a look at 2011's list and update it:

1. Sewing Machine Cover. The original one turned into my confetti mini and I haven't gotten around to making myself one yet. Maybe this year but I'm not going to make it an official 2012 goal.
2. Rainbow I-Spy. Carrying this one forward to 2012 but probably later in the year. Every now and again, poor G asks whether it's finished and I always have the same answer: "not yet."
3. Fresh Air Charm Quilt. Dunzo! Became the placemats that we use every day - I love them!
4. New Wave. Fabric is all cut, and I even started the backing. 2012 goal.
5. Traffic Jam/Zig Zag. 2012 goal - can be substituted for any charity quilt.
6. Friend's daughter's memory quilt. 2012 goal.
7. Bees. Kept up with them and have only one for 2012.
8. DQS 10 - Done!
9. Lily's Quilts QAL. Done!
10. Supernova QAL. Done!

In view of the foregoing, I am declaring 2012 the year of sewing for ME! Not necessarily things for me to keep, but things (quilts, mostly) that I want to make for others in my life. Those quilty goals include:

1. Rainbow I Spy for G.
2. New Wave for niece.
3. Traffic Jam/Zig Zag or other charity quilt.
4. Heather R. memory quilt.


5. Habitat pillow covers for sister.
6. Placemats for Mom.
7. My own bee quilts (3, once I have my month in Stash Trad).
8. Kaleidoscope QAL quilt.
9. Super exciting project that I will reveal very soon.

I daresay that list should keep me (mostly) out of trouble.


  1. I can't wait to be inspired by what you come up with in 2012! (No pressure.)

  2. I love all your projects from this year and am looking forward to seeing you make the ones on this new list and all the other projects that catch your creative attention along the way! All the best for the new year.

  3. I get tired every time I think about recapping this last year, but your post and photos are so inspiring all together that I might just push through and try to write a recap of my own. I can't wait to see what you stitch up next year, I always enjoy seeing what you're sewing :)

  4. Wow, Felicity, I love your quilts from 2011. I especially love your take on Lynne's qal. Good luck with your goals for 2012.

  5. Such a lovely collage of quilts! Hope that 2012 is just as good to you :-)

  6. I think it's freeing that you are able to push some of your 2011 projects to 2012's list--and feel great about it, because you enjoyed it all! Hope you have lots more fun sewing for you in the coming year. :) If you'd like, you are welcome to join our year-end linky party at

  7. Lots of great finished projects! My favorites are the two WORD pieces - very special! Happy New Year!

  8. Fantastic mosiac! Love all your quilts! That nightgown is so cute, reminds me of being little :)

  9. Great collection of makes from 2011, looking forward to seeing what 2012 brings :o) Happy new year!

  10. Wow, what a collection! I can't wait to see what 2012 brings :)

  11. Love love love all of your quilts, they're so happy and fun!! I can't wait to see your new 2012 work! Happy New Year!!

  12. Hey, you got a lot of wonderful stuff done this past year! I think I remember that we both cut the New Wave peices about the same time... and we both have them on our 2012 list :)

  13. Man you are ridiculously productive lady! Nicely done, I always look forward to your show and tells at the VMQG. Happy New Year!

  14. wow! You sure did get a lot done! Love it all, and can't wait to see what comes next!
    Happy New Year!

  15. I'm so glad you spent the time to create this mosaic, your 2011 finishes are beautiful! I love the pickledish, the Kona challenge quilt and the Supernova quilt the best. Can't wait to see what's to come in 2012!

  16. Well, Felicity, what can I say? I'll start with this: see that quilt in the second row, far right? It's MINE and I.LOVE.IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Whew, I'm glad in 2011 that you hadn't quite gotten to the decision to sew for yourself, although I certainly applaud that idea for 2012. I was completely honored, humbled and blown away to be on the receiving end of one of you amazing works of art. I see it every day on the wall in my sewing room and it makes me all warm and happy inside--thinking of you, hoping that we get to be even better friends in the coming year. Thanks for all the beautiful colors and inspiration that were a constant theme on your blog, all the chuckles and smiles you gave me throughout the year. Happy New Year, Friend!

  17. that's an impressive list of goals and a beautiful batch of finished quilts. best of lick to you in 2012 :)


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